Shuman Farms' John Shuman Discusses Firm Sweet Onion Market
- by Kayla Webb
REIDSVILLE, GA - It’s prime grilling season, which means anything that can be grilled will be grilled by ravenous consumers. And no matter what year it is or what the trendy grilling item may be, there is always an avid showing for Vidalia onions! With the season in full swing, I tapped John Shuman, President and CEO of Shuman Farms, to find out how retailers can make sure consumers get their grilled onion fix for the rest of the summer months.
“The sweet onion market is firm right now,” John began. “Shuman Farms is packing and shipping Vidalia onions from cold storage. With supplies on hand, we plan to have good availability through August.”
Per usual, I also had to scope out how the weather has affected the market, volume, and even quality. But John was quick to assure me that weather isn’t necessarily a factor for Shuman Farms at the moment.
“Weather played a role in the planting, growing, and harvesting of Vidalia onions this season. Because of several factors, the Vidalia industry will ship fewer onions this year than it has in the past three seasons. But, since harvest is over, all the onions are being packed and shipped from cold storage, so weather is not a factor right now,” John said.
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